comscore

Little Tokyo

East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Been here

Tribes: Who likes this place?

Who Likes This Place?

What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.

Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to? Join now

  • 98%
    Foodies
  • 97%
    Local Culture
  • 83%
    Family Travelers
  • 81%
    Budget Travelers
  • 70%
    Nightlife Lovers
  • 67%
    Backpackers
  • 62%
    Trendsters
  • 62%
    Luxury Travelers
Show more

Member Reviews (38)Write a review

Local Culture
Sort by
  • Little TokyoAmbassadorPro 2014
    Veronica Raye
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 13
    • Family Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Vegetarian
    • Green Travelers
    • Students
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Spiritual Seekers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Mar 21, 2014

    This is such a fun area to explore in LA. If you love Japanese culture, food, products, or most importantly HELLO KITTY, this is a must-see if you're in the area. The stores are so much fun to check out, lots of Japanese characters clothing and toys, cute female clothing (can get pricey!) and very authentic food. Be careful what you order because it's REALLY authentic and you may be surprised! This is not your average sushi joint! The Japanese pharmacies carry a lot of unique creams and they employees were very helpful. My favorite part Little Tokyo is the Sanrio store that has the best, most recent releases. The best Sanrio store I've been to (and there's been many)!

    Recommended for:Family TravelersLocal CultureNightlife LoversTrendsters
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Steven Lam
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Foodies
    + 4
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Oct 02, 2013

    Just like any other cultured space, this is a place where you have to visit and eat ramen at, its like in any big city, you have a subculture of people living in it and you won't know what's going on inside unless you explore it daily for a year. So many things that happens in this place that I would love to know on a day to day basis. If you don't have the time, then come here just for the food.

    Recommended for:Local CultureBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesStudentsBackpackers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Hanae
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 14
    • Family Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • LGBT
    • Vegetarian
    • Green Travelers
    • Students
    • Backpackers
    • Luxury Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Jul 14, 2014
    Recommended for:Local CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodiesWellnessLGBTVegetarianGreen TravelersStudentsBackpackersLuxury TravelersHistory BuffsAdventure TravelersNightlife LoversSpiritual SeekersTrendstersArt & Design Lovers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Richard
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Foodies
    + 4
    • Wellness
    • Students
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    4 Mar 27, 2014

    Little Tokyo is a Japanese America district in downtown L.A. Despite its small territory, it got some of the very best Japanese restaurant in L.A. If you crave for Ramen, look no further. Over ten Ramen shops located here. They also got some upscale one mostly is affordable price range. Ramen and Mochi are alone worth to visit here. There is some few landmarks here like the Japanese American National Museum. There is a big Japanese Watchtower located entrance of the plaza.

    Parking is a problem here, all the street parking is meter, go there in Sunday it would be free. Only 1 lot I know does validate parking for free that is the lot with Office Depot, Yogurt-land, and Hakata Ramen. There is lack of market and grocery here.

    Crime rate is very low here; despite is rather closed to skid row... Little Tokyo often get new restaurant and always something new to eat here. I wish Chinatown also be more innovation, which is clearly nothing more than a tourist trap there, while Little Tokyo is not the case, local love to visit here.

    Recommended for:Local Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Trina D.
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Foodies
    + 2
    • Green Travelers
    • Art & Design Lovers
    4 Oct 10, 2013

    Little Tokyo is a gem in Los Angeles. Find all things Japanese here. There are ramen shops, shabu shabu places, art galleries, souvenir shops, and lots more. I love checking out the bakeries because even though I love sweets, I don't enjoy overdosing on sugar and the baked goods found are less sweet without sacrificing taste. Great place to explore if you've never been. There a number of fantastic restaurants to try if you're in the mood. I just wish I lived closer.

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersFoodiesLocal Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Verlisia
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    + 2
    • Wellness
    • Green Travelers
    4 Nov 06, 2013
    Recommended for:Family TravelersLocal Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Erika World
    5 Jul 16, 2014

    My favorite stop in downtown LA. All types of ramen joints and asian goodies to enjoy here. Street parking is free on sunday, but for all other days refer here for a parking guide.. http://www.parkme.com/los-angeles-parking/little-tokyo

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersFoodiesLocal Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Jaak Treiman
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    + 2
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    3 May 30, 2014

    Primarily an outdoor shopping mall with many Japanese style stores and restaurants.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversFamily TravelersFoodiesLocal Culture
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Schel
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 7
    • Business Travelers
    • Family Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Backpackers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    5 Jul 16, 2014

    Ok I have been hanging out in Little Tokyo a lot. However Everyone calls it Japan Town or just J-Town. Regardless, This is a gentrified area that is popping most of the time. I end up over here for a lot of fun, some great nightlife, and some great dining options.

    Literally it’s a very fun area to cruise around in. Obviously there is some good Japanese in the area. It is J Town after all. However they have some good non asian grub around as well. It ranges from German to KBBQ to klassy American. I love the Ramen joints in this area a lot as well.

    Pro Tip: Parking during the day is a PITA at night if you park a block or two away, you can usually park for free.

    There are plenty of random little shops with everything hello kitty that you could ever imagine desire or want to puke over. Let alone lots of little Japanese chotski’s, knick knacks, and touristy kinda items. I am sure you can get just about any kinda crazy little thing in this area that you could want that is random and not easily found outside of a Daiso…

    There is an indoor mall that reminds me totally of when I have been to Asia. It has a supermarket, bowling alley, a lot of restaurants, karaoke, and a bunch of random shops. The only thing missing are the million little stalls and humidity.

    Don’t forget to check out the night life around here. There are a few great bars, coffee shops, and activities close by. The LA gun range is nearby as is a place to go bouldering. Don’t forget you are close to Chinatown, the train station and the rest of DTLA. So there is a lot to do all the time.

    Definitely not a waste of time to explore and check out all kinds of fun and shenanigans are easily had over here. Check it out I love it and so do a lot of my friends.

    Recommended for:BackpackersBudget TravelersFoodiesNightlife Lovers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(1)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Mio
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Family Travelers
    Foodies
    + 3
    • History Buffs
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Dec 09, 2013

    Lot of great restaurants

    Recommended for:Family TravelersFoodiesGreen TravelersLuxury Travelers
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Alice Chua
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 7
    • Family Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Green Travelers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    $2 per plate! Delish!!!!

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Denny Setiady
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Business Travelers
    + 8
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Green Travelers
    • Students
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Jan 10, 2014
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Denesse Elias
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Budget Travelers
    Foodies
    + 6
    • Students
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Oct 11, 2013
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Catherine
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Foodies
    4 Oct 02, 2012

    Great spot at the edge of downtown LA! Parking can be a hassle, especially during lunch or dinner hours, but there is plenty of food options here! A lot of sushi restaurants, as well as some korean bbq restaurants, markets, and bakeries. There are also Japanese gift shops, and it's a nice safe little area to walk around! :)

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Trinity
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 2
    • Foodies
    • Adventure Travelers
    3 Jan 10, 2014

    An area of downtown Los Angeles along 1st and 2nd streets with Japanese retail shops, restaurants, health and beauty services, and grocery markets. Save on gas and parking and take the Metro Gold Line here. The stop is just one block east of Little Tokyo.

    Recommended for:Art & Design LoversBackpackersFamily TravelersStudents
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 2
    • Foodies
    • Backpackers
    3 May 25, 2012
    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Jenn B
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Foodies
    Trendsters
    Art & Design Lovers
    3 Jul 23, 2014

    Little Tokyo sure is little, and it's not like Tokyo at all. Still, I'm glad there is as mall Japanese enclave in Los Angeles that I can visit, though I think there is great ramen in several other L.A. neighborhoods.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little TokyoPro 2014
    Susan Lee
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 6
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Luxury Travelers
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 May 30, 2013

    Little Tokyo is a great place to grab a snack or meal and just hang out. Often times, there is a live musician performing in the squares. If you just want a snack you have your choice of mocha ice cream, red bean cakes, takoyaki (octopus balls), and pastries. For meals there are tons of sushi, ramen, and shabu restaurants to choose from. I love how clean Little Tokyo is despite being in downtown LA.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Marsha
    3 May 28, 2013

    Excellent Japanese food. In downtown LA. Near Olivera Street (Mexican), as well as the Music Center, City Hall, Disney Hall Concert Hall and the new Grand Park. See all in one stop.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report
  • Little Tokyo
    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
    Member of
    Local Culture
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Budget Travelers
    + 12
    • Business Travelers
    • Foodies
    • Wellness
    • Vegetarian
    • Green Travelers
    • Backpackers
    • History Buffs
    • Adventure Travelers
    • Nightlife Lovers
    • Spiritual Seekers
    • Trendsters
    • Art & Design Lovers
    5 Feb 07, 2013

    I love Little Tokyo. It has something for everyone. There are various restaurants that range from affordable late night eats for college students to lunch spots for the workers in the area and trendy restaurants and cafes perfect for dates. Plus, it's a GREAT place for friends and family who are visiting as LT has little gift shops everywhere. I also love that there are two Japanese and one Korean grocery stores in this neighborhood. Yes, parking may be tough, but it's LA!

    Other things you can find here: East West Players Theatre (the nations longest running Asian American Theatre Group), Japanese American National Museum, Karaoke spots and boutique stores with clothes and accessories.

    Comment.
    Was this review helpful?(0)
    Report

OverviewEdit

4.0 out of 5
38 members' reviews
255 people visited Little Tokyo

Description

Located across four blocks and 67 acres Los Angeles' Little Tokyo is the cultural center for Japanese Americans in southern California. The area is a vibrant mix of Japanese and American culture. As you stroll through the streets you will see many traditional Japanese tea gardens, grocery stores and traditional shops. Little Tokyo is one of only four official Japantowns in the United States. Also ... read more
playing host to a large variety of Japanese festivals and special events throughout the year, including traditional Japanese holidays, it is the perfect place to expand your cultural horizons.

Nearby Hotels

Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens
Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens
Avg. rating:
9 reviews
The Standard Downtown LA
The Standard Downtown LA
Avg. rating:
33 reviews
View all Nearby Hotels

Nearby Attractions

Plate by Plate Los Angeles
Plate by Plate Los Angeles
Avg. rating:
40 reviews
Far Bar
Far Bar
Avg. rating:
19 reviews
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Avg. rating:
9 reviews
View all Nearby Attractions

Nearby Restaurants

Sushi Gen
Sushi Gen
Avg. rating:
21 reviews
Mikawaya
Mikawaya
Avg. rating:
16 reviews
View all Nearby Restaurants